Reply To: Improvisation!
We use improvisation as an important teaching tool. We like to us a K.I.S.S. approach for soloing. (Keep It Simple Students) First we start with I play you repeat on “jazz” rhythms about a measure at a time. Next we move on to two measure calls then each student has to respond with and appropriate answer. Over all We use rhythm to drive solos making sure that can get a nice solo on one note. Once they can perform a competent solo using one note then we add in the lowered third and seventh scale degrees, and eventually on to the entire pentatonic/blues scale.